<p>Chelsea of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Chelsea of "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'Just Annihilate Them'

One power player decides it's time to shake up the game
Pre-credit sequence. It's Day 21 in Tikiano. Troyzan and Jay are commiserating about losing Jonas, while also reaffirming that they made the right decision to cast off their Male bonds to align with Chelsea, Kim, Kat and Sabrina. "I just hope we didn't make a mistake," Troyzan says. "They could easily hook up and they could do damage. I don't want to be overpowered by these girls," Jay adds. Both men agree that a woman has to go next. Nobody's even make an effort to keep the foreshadowing subtle, are they? Welcome to "Survivor: One World: Post-Colton Edition."
 
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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 8</p>
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The "American Idol" Top 8

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 8 Performances - It's '80s Night

'Idol' uncorks eight solo performances and four duets in a packed show

Welcome to another largely inappropriate theme night for "American Idol." 

DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavangh, Skylar Laine and Joshua Ledet don't remember much of the '90s, so expecting '80s Night to generate another four or five standing ovations is probably folly.

Also, we have the failure of "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" to blame for a show featuring four duets as filler to pad out the full two hours.

Anyway, sit back and enjoy... '80s Night.

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<p>Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson of &quot;Happy Endings&quot;</p>
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Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson of "Happy Endings"

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HitFix Interview: Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson talk 'Happy Endings'

ABC comedy's leading ladies talk on the eve of the Season 2 finale
"Happy Endings" finishes its season season on Wednesday (April 4) night with a finale that totally delivers on the promise of its title, "Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)." 
 
It's a madcap episode that includes Madonna impersonators, Brian Austin Green and even a couple surprising relationship zigs and zags. It's also a terrific showcase for Eliza Coupe and Casey Wilson, who never hesitate to make themselves look ridiculous in the name of hilarity. 
 
Last week, I ran my recent interview with Damon Wayans Jr. and Zachary Knighton, who talked about the show's Season 2 improvements, its impressive punchline pace and more. 
 
This conversation with Coupe and Wilson continues on those themes, with a lot of amusing and interesting back-and-forths between the two stars. 
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 122

Dan and Alan talk 'Magic City,' 'Scandal,' 'Shameless,' 'Mad Men' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys and Girls. 
 
It's time for a late-afternoon installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, pushed a little bit because I needed to watch "Mad Men" and then a little bit more because Skype problems sabotaged two segments. This would not have happened if we'd won MegaMillions last week and upgraded our technology. Boo.
 
Anyway, it's an extremely packed show, featuring reviews of "Scandal," "Best Friends Forever" and "Magic City," plus the new season of "Nurse Jackie." We also discussed the "Shameless" finale and, of course, last night's "Mad Men."
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Best Friends Forever" (00:02:15 - 00:12:00)
"Scandal" (00:12:00 - 00:25:20)
"Magic City" (00:25:20 - 00:41:10)
"Nurse Jackie" (00:41:10 - 00:50:55)
Listener Mail: "Community" vs. Chevy Chase (00:51:15 - 00:59:45)
"Shameless" finale (00:59:45 - 01:10:45)
"Mad Men" (01:10:50 - 01:31:45)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson on the set of &quot;The Avengers&quot;</p>
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Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson on the set of "The Avengers"

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Set Visit: Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson do battle in 'The Avengers'

HitFix was in NYC-by-way-of-Albuquerque to watch Hawkeye fight invaders
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Santa Fe Railway Shops, a collection of mammoth warehouses, were designed to service the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.
 
Once the city's largest employer, trains haven't run through the Santa Fe Railway Shops since 1970.
 
It's a tremendously evocative physical space that has become one of the centerpieces of Albuquerque's film production infrastructure.
 
Unused rail lines going nowhere approach the building, with its multiple stories of mismatched glass window panes, some green, some gray, some missing entirely, all lending the inside light a broken quality, at once artistic and derelict. That light is laden with particulates that are probably a mixture of soot, sawdust, regular dust and airborne rust from the crisscrossing steel girders supporting the building and the lines of precariously perched walkways and beams designed to allow for easy access to all parts of the locomotive in years long since past. 
 
You could pay the best art directors in the world budgets of untold millions and they would never be able to replicate the vastness, authenticity and ingrained character of the indoor area, which has become so disconnected from its original purpose and its original purpose so disconnected from our contemporary frame of reference that it could be anything or anywhere.
 
On a warm June day in 2011, "anywhere" is "Grand Central Station." 
 
Thanks to "The Avengers," one of the buildings of the Santa Fe Railway Shops has been transformed into a block of New York City, but it's immediately clear that something horrible has happened.
 
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<p>Joss Whedon on the set of &quot;The Avengers&quot;</p>
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Joss Whedon on the set of "The Avengers"

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Celebrating Joss Whedon's birthday on the set of 'The Avengers'

'Buffy,' 'Firefly' auteur shares his vision for his new Marvel epic
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Professional decorum dictates that there's almost never an appropriate time to sing to an interview subject.
 
[I would even accept the elimination of the "almost" from the previous sentence.]
 
But sometimes, Joss Whedon walks into a trailer of reporters and looks at the standard sea of digital and tape recorders and observes, "All of these for me? That's weird that you all got me the same thing for my birthday."
 
At that point, a collective serenade of "Happy Birthday" -- without advance warning, nobody paid the licensing fee -- becomes a muscle reflex as much as anything. 
 
The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Firefly" auteur reaches us toward the end of a two-day June visit to the set of "The Avengers" in Albuquerque, arriving after the stars of the film, one and all, have spoken nothing but praise for his work on the Marvel project, particularly its script.
 
Tom Hiddleston, reprising his "Thor" role as the power-hungry Loki calls Whedon "a brilliant writer and a brilliant storyteller."
 
Chris Hemsworth -- Thor himself -- previously worked with Whedon on "Cabin in the Woods" and, like Hiddleston, he opts to repeat his superlatives, raving, "He's great, he's got a great sense of humor."
 
Jeremy Renner adds, "There's no bigger fan than Joss of this world and he's a really good writer and he had a massive task to write this movie and direct it, massive. I don't know anybody who could really write this and really put in all the stuff that he really wanted to put in, cause he honors all these characters so much."
 
Even Robert Downey Jr., who takes pride in his tendency toward on-set script revisions revisions, admits that "It wasn't broke, so it's not like we had to fix things," calling it a relief and adding, "It's nice when the car kinda drives all by itself."
 
We begin the interview by mentioning all of the praise for his work.
 
"And now it's my turn," the birthday boy says.
 
I don't need to tell Whedon fans that that quote is mock-bluster and that you'd be hard pressed to more self-deprecating storyteller, especially not one who has been handed the keys to the expensive luxury car that is "The Avengers," the crown jewel of Marvel's burgeoning movie empire. 
 
Whedon won't hesitate to admit the learning curve that a film of this scale has required. For example, he isn't shy about the reasons "The Avengers" was shot in 2D and will be post-converted to 3D. 
 
"We were going to shoot in 3D and everybody said, 'No, the new rigs move fast and they are small. It's all going to be great' and I shot the tag for 'Thor' in 3D with that setup and after we lost three and a half hours to lens changes and unknowable camera weirdness we decided to not do that," he admits.
 
But he's still glad to hear compliments from his stars.
 
"No, everybody seems to be on board," Whedon agrees. "I'm still working on it. I hope to finish it sometime before the DVD release. It's been very fluid, but it always is with a movie anyway and especially a movie where the perspective changes nine times every scene. I swore I would never make 'Serenity' again and here I am."
 
And at that "Serenity" reference, it's probably best to go to a somewhat trimmed version of the Q&A between Whedon and reporters on the "Avengers" set. 
 
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<p>Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo on the set of &quot;The Avengers&quot;</p>
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Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo on the set of "The Avengers"

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Mark Ruffalo joins the Marvel family on the set of 'The Avengers'

The newest Hulk talks about his CGI makeover and getting Ed Norton's blessing
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - In April of 2012, fans will have had their appetites whetted for The Hulk and his appearance in Joss Whedon's "Avengers."
 
We'll have heard him roar. We'll have watched him slide down a New York City skyscraper, Iron Man clutched under his mammoth green arm. We'll have seen him stand in the middle of a ruined urban street surrounded by his fellow superheroes, assembled, as the Marvel parlance goes.
 
But it isn't April 2012. 
 
It's June of 2011 and Mark Ruffalo and his emerald alter ego are among the biggest mysteries for a small cadre of journalists who have been prowling the "Avengers" -- or "Group Hug" as all of the signs and badges read -- set for the better part of two days. 
 
We've seen hints of The Hulk. 
 
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<p>Joel Kinnaman of &quot;The Killing&quot;</p>
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Joel Kinnaman of "The Killing"

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HitFix Interview: Joel Kinnaman talks 'The Killing' Season 2

Future 'RoboCop' discusses the premiere's Holder-related revelations
[Don't read this interview until after watching Sunday's (April 1) season premiere of "The Killing."]
 
When last we left Joel Kinnaman's Holder, at the end of the first season of AMC's "The Killing," it appeared that he had done some very bad things.
 
And fans weren't happy.
 
There was a lot about that "Killing" finale that made certain viewers miserable, but the seeming decision to expose compellingly twitchy, amusingly acerbic, ultimately endearing Holder as a backstabbing fink got people particularly riled up.
 
After watching Sunday's two-hour premiere, we can all say...
 
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<p>Jonas of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Jonas of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Jonas Otsuji talks 'Survivor: One World'

The latest bootee talks Colton, Tarzan and 'Survivor' cooking
You can't accuse Jonas Otsuji of being unaware of the cause for both his "Survivor" undoing and for the way he's viewed by fans of the CBS competition show.
 
"I just wish that I didn't play the Colton's B**** Game and that I'd sacked up and gone for the big move," Jonas tells me. 
 
Some audience members do as well. 
 
For the early portion of the game, Jonas seemed like an unassuming, funny and likable player flying under the radar. Then, he became Colton's B**** and spent several weeks meekly following one of the most disliked players in "Survivor" history, speaking nary a contrary word as Colton Cumbie badgered and bullied his way through a series of power-plays before exiting the game with a bacteria infection.
 
The original Jonas returned on this week's episode, in large part because unlike his relationship with Colton, he was willing to stand up to the increasing unsteady man calling himself "Tarzan." Naturally, because Jonas had no real enemies and everybody kinda liked him and because he used his skills as a sushi chef to make castaway cooking palatable, he was viewed as a threat and was voted out of the game. 
 
In this week's exit interview, Colton discusses his ties with Colton, the women who brainwashed his alliance and the "Survivor" culinary concoction he'd eat in his everyday life.
 
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Watch: Jonathan Liebesman talks 'Wrath of the Titans' and 'Ninja Turtles'

'Wrath' director discusses improved 3D and reassures 'TMNT' fans
New York, NY - HitFix's Drew McWeeny and Guy Lodge agree: "Wrath of the Titans" is the rare sequel that improves on the original source material. Were I to write a review, I'd also salute the improvements from 2010's "Clash of the Titans."
 
Last weekend, I sat down with director Jonathan Liebesman to discuss his approach to storytelling on the big budget sequel. 
 
One of the particular goals for the "Battle Los Angeles" and "Darkness Falls" director, as you will hear, was overhauling the 3D, which was a much maligned afterthought on "Clash," but became a central concern in planning and producing "Wrath."
 
Liebesman also discusses finding the proper balance between spectacle and the father-son story at the center of "Wrath."
 
And, finally, because it couldn't go undiscussed, Liebesman talks about the "Ninja Turtles" movie he's going to be directing down the road, a project that has generated quite a bit of controversy in recent weeks, at least in certain circles. 
 
"Wrath of the Titans" is now in theaters.
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